Beer Brats


These awesome brats are simmered in beer with onions and spices to make them bursting with flavor before finishing them off on the grill. Place the grilled brats in hot dog rolls, and top them with the tender onions and mustard, or serve them alongside German potato salad.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Juicy, beer-simmered brats are bursting with savory flavor in this 5-star recipe. Learn to make smoky, spicy, and perfectly customizable bratwurst sausages that are cooked in a boozy blend of spices before being grilled to ballpark perfection. Learn the secrets to this classic beer brat recipe, plus get tips from our community of home cooks on how to make it your own.

How to Make Beer Brats

Ready for a mouthwatering, handheld meal that comes together in under 30 minutes? You'll find the full recipe below with step-by-step instructions, but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated recipe:

  1. Boil the onion in beer, then add the bratwurst and seasonings.
  2. Simmer until the bratwurst is tender.
  3. Grill the bratwurst.

How Long to Cook Brats in Beer

Simmer the brats for 10-12 minutes in beer, then grill them for 5 to 10 minutes. The bratwurst will have an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F when done. Look for developed color with deep brown grill marks.

What to Serve With Beer Brats

A succulent beer brat shouldn't stand alone. Pair this juicy sausage with classic toppings like sauerkraut, homemade mustard, and of course, the beer-soaked sliced onions. Reach for sides like German potato salad or sweet corn if you're feeding a crowd.

How to Store Beer Brats

Refrigerate cooked beer brats in a shallow, airtight container for up to four days. Bratwurst is best reheated in a 350 degrees F oven or on the stovetop until thoroughly warmed.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Phenomenal recipe!" raves reviewer Josh. "I like to add dill and seasoned salt, then serve it on a toasted potato roll with a dill pickle slice."

"Very tasty brats!" says Tim. "This is a particularly handy recipe for a large group because you can keep them warm easily.

I followed the recipe but halved it," shares home cook Teri. "I also poked holes in the brats prior to simmering to allow in more flavor and prevent splitting. It was a big hit and I will make it again."

Editorial contributions by Rai Mincey


  • 4 (12 ounce) cans beer

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 10 bratwurst

  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    High angle of beer brat ingredients and spices in various bowls and containers.

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  2. Combine beer and onion slices in a large pot; bring to a boil.

    High angle of a beer brat broth resting stock pot.

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  3. Add bratwurst, pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to beer and onion mixture. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.

    Brats in a pot floating in a beer and onion mixture.

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  4. Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  5. Transfer bratwurst to a plate. Reduce heat to low and let onions simmer until needed.

  6. Cook bratwurst on the preheated grill, turning occasionally to get char marks, until no longer pink in the middle, 5 to 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  7. Serve bratwurst with onions.

    close up view of Beer Brats with onions in a cast iron skillet


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

382 Calories
27g Fat
10g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 382
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1031mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 402mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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